Special Interests
Rehabilitation of the partially sighted, management of binocular visual instability in children (and adults) as well as general preventative optometric care at all ages, forms the basis of our work.
Commitment to Excellence
We appreciate being entrusted with the care of your vision and that of your family and assure you that give you all our attention, care, expertise and passion for excellence in return.
Looking forward
We believe in managing and monitoring your vision throughout your life, in order to provide comfortable, clear, binocular vision every step of the way, to preserve your eyesight later in life and manage any visual difficulties that arise, with the utmost care and personal attention to detail.
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Joanne Kalil Optometrists - Durban North

Joanne Kalil - Optometrist

B. Optom. (RAU) Post.Grad.Dip.Adv.Clin.Optometry (Melbourne)

After having qualified as an Optometrist at the Rand Afrikaans University and completed post graduate studies through the University of Melbourne, Joanne moved to Durban in 2001 and established the practice soon after. Initially the primary focus was assisting those with low vision, but with time children's binocular vision assessments and general optometry became part of the practice. Joanne brings over 21 years’ experience to the practice and enjoys the input of her colleagues Elmarie and Ty in contributing to the overall care of those who entrust us with their eye care.

Elmarie Grendele - Optometrist

B. Tech Optometry (University of Johannesburg)

Elmarie qualified at the University of Johannesburg and with her family moved to Durban to enjoy the wonderful outdoor family lifestyle that it offers. With a keen interest in children’s vision and background in doing visual screenings at schools, Elmarie brings her vast experience, enthusiasm for what we do, as well as her care and understanding (as a mother herself) to the practice. Her love for optometry extends to adult eye care, with comprehensive detailed adult optometric assessments adding to the binocular visual assessment work that she does.

Ty Lahner - Optometrist

B. Optom - Diagnostics (UKZN)

Ty qualified with his Bachelor of Optometry (Diagnostics) at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and joined the practice soon after. Ty enjoys the varied challenges of both binocular visual assessments and the low vision work we do at the practice and also (having experienced the benefits of contact lens wear as a body boarder and surf photographer himself) is ideally suited to teaching even our younger patients how to manage and care for their contact lenses.

Simon - Lens and Frame Consultultant

Simon has been part of our practice since 2015 and brings 20 years’ experience in optics to the work that we do. With the care that he shows to each individual, Simon is available and well qualified to assist you in choosing optically appropriate, beautiful, safe and functional frames and lenses best suited to your requirements and budget.

Cheryl - Practice Administration and Customer Service

The newest member of our team, Cheryl brings her years of experience in medical practices to our rooms. Her friendly smile is the first you may see when you enter the practice and it is thanks to her organised efficiency and professionalism that things run as smoothly as they do! Feel free to contact Cheryl with any administrative help you may need and she will go out of her way to assist.